Deadline this Friday for business noms

Nominations once again been coming in, and in massive numbers, for the Second Annual Harrison Agassiz Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards, 2011.

But for those of you who haven’t handed in nominations, time is running out.

The nomination deadline is Friday, Feb. 4. Nomination forms can be cut out from the paper (see right), picked up at the Observer office (in the yellow building next to Pioneer Park in Agassiz) or emailed to ads@theobserver.com.

Anyone can nominate any business, organization or individual they would like to see recognized for their hard work.

Winners will be announced at the gala dinner on Thursday, February 24 at the Harrison Resort Hotel.  This evening showcases local businesses and their staff that have proven to be outstanding in their fields of expertise.  

The evening’s entertainment features Christopher Molineux, a world renowned comedian/public speaking coach.

Dinner Banquet tickets are $60 each and are available for purchase at Cookin Kim’s Cafe in Harrison Hot Springs or The Observer office in Agassiz.  Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the door.

Non-Profit of the Year

Recognizing the organization making a significant difference in our local community in terms of public service, the arts, fund raising, collaboration & the number of local people they serve.

Excellence in Agriculture

This award focuses on quality, innovation & success in all aspects of agriculture. Celebrating farming, agronomy & food production; this award recognizes the significant impact quality agriculture has on everyday life.

Excellence in Tourism

Tourism is a cornerstone of the BC economy & this award recognizes the important contribution made by the tourism sector to the Harrison/Agassiz region. This award is given to a tourism based business that has shown excellence in all aspects of customer service providing visitors to our region with an experience beyond their expectations.

Excellence in Retail

This award celebrates the professionalism, innovation & creativity within our retail sector. It recognizes outstanding performance at all levels: customer service, creativity, branding & marketing.

Excellence in Culinary Arts

Awarded to a dining establishment exhibiting consistency of quality, excellence in food, atmosphere & service.

Excellence in Service – Business

Exemplary customer service, customer retention & customer relationship management define the recipient of this award. This award honours a business that has been a leader in demonstrating entrepreneurial spirit, quality workmanship & professional mannerisms.

New Business of the Year

This award acknowledges outstanding new businesses (established less than 3 years). This business shows strength in creative marketing, welcoming local customers, high standards of customer service & innovative business practices.

People’s Choice Award

The ‘People’s Choice’ Award is awarded to the business or organization that is recognized by the residents of Harrison Hot Springs & the District of Kent as attaining the highest level of business excellence in the region.

Chamber’s Choice Award

This business will have contributed to the growth & development of the community through their products, services & customer service. Given to an organization that has a strong history in the business community, continued growth & innovative strategies.

Kent Council Choice Award

The Kent Council Award is given to the business that has played an important role in the District of Kent in terms of growth, leadership & community.

Harrison Council Choice Award

The Harrison Council Award is given to the business that has played an important role in the Village of Harrison Hot Springs in terms of growth, leadership & community.

Green Excellence Award

Recognizing environmental responsibility & leadership. Nominees will be judged on their stewardship or protection of environmentally sensitive areas.

There may also be some sponsorships opportunities. The cost to be an award sponsor is $550 and includes: two dinner banquet tickets, award sponsorship, award presentation, one full page advertisement in The Observer. Each sponsor’s logo will be featured on all advertising regarding this event.

For information on sponsorship contact Chris at The Observer 604-796-4301.

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